VANISHED BARKS SAIL AGAIN – TAASA Review December 2008

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This article was originally found in the December 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 4, Page 7).

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Julian Cribb T he tradition of wooden boat building in Bangladesh dates back thousands of years.

Today it is almost gone – unless Runa Khan Marre can achieve her dream of restoring traditional wooden river boats for a "living museum". The malar prepares to set sail for a sunset cruise at the confluence of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

Photo: Rolex Awards/Heine Pedersen Up until a generation ago, the 24,000 kilometres of Bangladesh’s rivers presented a spectacle from another age – hundreds of thousands of wooden sailing boats jostling to move people and goods along the country’s vast aquatic network...